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Drunk driving arrests and convictions can affect employability

Drunk driving charges can affect your life from the day that you are arrested. If you are convicted of the drunk driving charge, the effects the conviction can have on your life don't end once you complete your sentence. Drunk driving convictions, and in some cases drunk driving charges, can have a profound impact on your employability. This is especially true if your career includes employers who perform background checks on employees.

When you are arrested for drunk driving, the arrest is placed on your criminal record. That arrest might mean that you can't get certain jobs. The chance of the drunk driving affecting your employment prospects increases if you are convicted.

The Fair Credit Reporting Act requires that criminal arrests are removed from criminal background checks after a period of seven years. Convictions, including those for drunk driving, aren't subject to that time limit. Instead, criminal convictions can remain on the criminal background check can remain on there forever.

Interestingly, employers can't use the information in a background check as a reason to not hire you unless there is a compelling reason to do so. In the case of drunk driving convictions, the lack of ability to get you covered on company insurance if your position requires you to drive a company vehicle might be a compelling reason to not hire you based on the background check.

While there isn't much you can do about a drunk driving arrest, you can work on a defense to help you fight against a drunk driving charge so that you can try to avoid a drunk driving conviction.

Source: FindLaw, "DUI and Employment Background Checks," accessed June 09, 2016

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